ROAD TRAFFIC OFFENCES IN 2023 – ADVISING THE CLIENT AT BOTH THE POLICE STATION AND AT COURT – FRIDAY 13TH JANUARY 2023 – 16:00 – 17.00: - COST - £60 (INCLUSIVE OF VAT)
This 1-hour ZOOM presentation by Colin Beaumont will be of benefit to anyone involved in advising clients in the tricky area of road traffic offences.
It will be accompanied by a full set of notes.
DON’T WORRY IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE ACTUAL PRESENTATION (OR NEVER INTENDED TO ATTEND) –YOU WILL STILL GET THE FULL SET OF NOTES AND THE RECORDING WHICH YOU CAN SAVE TO A DEVICE OR WATCH AT YOUR LEISURE ON OUR YouTube CHANNEL.
Anyone wishing to attend the session (or wishing to have the full set of notes and the recording afterwards without ever attending) should simply click here: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring me (or send me a text) – (07887) 842985 and book a place.
The following 20 points will be considered:
1 – Some recent interesting case-law concerning causing death by careless driving and whether or not the custodial sentence should be suspended – Relevant not only for Advocates but also for police station advisers
2 – Legislative changes in this area of law brought about by the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 including the new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving
3 – Causing death by dangerous driving – causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs – Are these offences of homicide – Are they cases where jurisdiction can be accepted in the Youth Court? – The views of the Judicial College
4 – A multiplicity of road traffic offences – classic circumstances in which you should consider entering ‘mixed pleas’ and the effect upon the fees claimable – Section 10 of your 2022 Standard Crime Contract Specification document
5 – Those clients you have a duty to see in the Court Foyer as the Court Duty Solicitor under your Contract – It is at your discretion as to whether you offer advice and assistance or both advice and assistance and advocacy assistance – Section 10 of your 2022 Standard Crime Contract Specification document
6 – Be very careful how you frame your agreement as to costs when dealing with a private paying client – A very interesting recent High Court decision in this area on ‘wasted costs’ (sometimes referred to as ‘costs thrown away’)
7 – Be careful with the client having more than one drug in his or her system – This does not necessarily increase the seriousness of the offence – See the Guidance published by the Sentencing Council in this area
8 – Statutory Declarations and re-openings in the area of road traffic offences – The legislation and the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 (as amended)
9 – Is the client’s attendance at Court absolutely necessary? – Legislation and case-law in this area
11 – Disqualifications – Both obligatory and discretionary under the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988
12 – Experts and their reports – Rule 19 of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 (as amended
13 – Defendants Costs Orders generally both in the Magistrate’s Court and the Crown Court (including appeals to the Crown Court) – Section 16 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985
14 – The client’s licence (or record) to be endorsed with no fewer than 3 penalty points and no more than 11 penalty points – The circumstances in which this may arise – Don’t be caught out by this
15 – Alternative verdicts in the Magistrate’s Court – Don’t be caught out by this either!
16 – Disqualification until re-test under Section 36 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 – What does it mean in practice!
17 – The lawfulness, or otherwise, of imposing a disqualification from driving in absence
18 – The lawfulness of imposing penalty points and a disqualification until re-test
19 – Some tricky points when dealing with Probationary Drivers under the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995
20 – A fresh look at sentencing and committals for sentence under the Sentencing Act 2020 and appeals in the area of road traffic based upon the Magistrates’ increased sentencing powers under the Judicial Review and Courts Act 2022
It will be a 1- hour live and interactive session conducted via ZOOM. There is absolutely no requirement for any attendee to have purchased ZOOM. We just send you an email and you click on the link. It could not be simpler.
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